The Boonville Lady Pirates soccer team did everything they could last night on the road against the Kirksville Lady Tigers.
While the Lady Pirates have struggled on the road this season, the match last night against the Kirksville Lady Tigers was no different as Boonville fell by a score of 5-3.
While the loss dropped Boonville to 4-4 overall and 2-4 in the NCMC, head coach Tim Brown said the girls are just having a hard time keeping a good thing going.
“We’re missing a lot of good scoring opportunities, but we are managing to score,” Brown said. “Unfortunately, we have lost a lot of the desire to keep the other teams out of our goal, and we are making some seriously costly mistakes at the back. I would not have thought that after scoring 11 goals evenly over the last-three matches, we would have lost two of them. Kirksville has vastly improved in terms of individual ability over the last couple of years, but we willingly opened the door for them on several occasions.”
Kirksville never trailed in the match against Boonville and led 2-1 at the half after scoring at the 12 and 15 minute mark to go up 2-0. The Lady Pirates, meanwhile, picked up their first goal of the match at the 39 minute mark on an assist from senior Allie Dowling to Bailey Pfeiffer.
In the second half, the Lady Pirates closed the gap even more when when Pfeiffer assisted McKenna McAreavy on a goal at the 46 minute mark to tie the match at 2-2. Unfortunately for Boonville, they would get no closer in the match as Kirksville came back with back-to-back goals at the 60 and 61 minute mark to extend the lead back to two at 4-2.
The Lady Pirates didn’t go down without a fight, though. At the 71 minute mark, Boonville scored again on an assist from junior Brittany Perry to Pfeiffer to make it 4-3. Then, at the 79 minute mark, Kirksville got help on a goal with just one minute remaining for the victory.
Lady Tigers also finished the match with 25 shot attempts and 12 shots on goal while Boonville had 22 shot attempts and 10 shots on goal.
The Lady Pirates also had 10 fouls in the match compared to just three for Kirksville. The only booking also went to Boonville as Perry picked up the yellow card at the 76 minute.
Boonville junior goalie Cassidy Renfrow, meanwhile, had seven saves in the match.
In the JV match, Boonville defeated Kirksville by a score of 2-0.
The Lady Pirates, 3-2-1 on the season, scored goals at the 31 and 52 minute mark for the victory. At the 31 minute mark, Jessica Matney assisted Toni Butler. Then, at the 52 minute mark, Angie-Carney Jackson assisted Matney.
Coach Brown said the JV Lady Pirates had control of the match from the first whistle in all the cold and wind, netting a goal each half, and they never really allowed the JV Lady Tigers to threaten.
Boonville’s JV finished the match with 14 shot attempts and nine shots on goal while Kirksville had two shot attempts and two shots on goal.
Freshman goalie Haylee Thomas, meanwhile, picked up two saves in the match.
Boonville also had seven fouls in the match compared to four for Kirksville.